Plato's Euthyphro And Socrates: What Is Pious?

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In Euthyphro, Plato writes about a conversation between Socrates and Euthyphro while outside the coliseum. Socrates is trying to define, “What is piety?” as it is important for Socrates to understand, since one of the charges that Meletus claims is Socrates, is impious. Euthyphro claims to be an expert in what is pious and he is going to be charging his own father with murder. Four different attempts between Euthyphro and Socrates were made to define piety. Initially, Socrates asks Euthyphro what piety is as he has claims to being an expert in this field of study. Where Euthyphro failed in the eyes of Socrates, is by giving examples of what is pious. The evidence only supports stories that appeal to the gods and does not answer the essence

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